Spirit Airlines

Bidding War For Spirit Could Undercut Power Of Four Big Airlines

Rival bids for Spirit from Frontier and JetBlue could create an airline that presents a more formidable challenge to American, Delta, Southwest and United. By Niraj Chokshi and Lauren Hirsch. When the dust settled on a big round of airline consolidation nearly a decade ago, four large companies came to dominate the industry. A new…

One Step In A Long ‘Journey,’ TripActions Wins Multinational B2B Info Specialist Informa

After seven years with Egencia, $2.3 billion U.K.-based multinational events and research company Informa is targeting February to implement TripActions for workers in 28 countries. After the well-capitalized new entrant caught the eye of Informa’s travel manager of nearly 10 years, Melissa Willock, it bested four competitors in a roughly four-month bake-off involving six divisions…

Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like A Human’

By Tacey Rychter, social editor for the Travel section of The New York Times. As stranded Spirit Airlines travelers grew desperate at San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico during a chaotic night of cancellations on Aug. 1, banging on a gate door and yelling at staff, police officers rounded up the airline’s cabin crews to…

New Southwest Revenue Management Tactics Put Upward Pressure On Fares

Southwest Airlines is using new revenue management tools in a fight against lower-cost competition. For travel buyers, the impact could be fewer low airfares from Southwest and, in turn, its big three U.S. rivals. Already there are signs pointing to fare hikes during the second half of this year. Fuel prices are up, prompting some airlines…

Amex GBT Goes After ‘Higher Processing Costs’ Of Gol, Ryanair, Southwest, Others

American Express Global Business Travel in an August letter indicated customers would pay a $10 surcharge on transactions booked with airlines deemed “high cost.” “This additional $10 fee applies to any transaction booked with a supplier that is booked outside a GDS; does not settle its accounts through industry-standard methods; has limited or no participation…

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